The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. It is known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length, and 2,268 kilograms.
South African championship bodyboarder David Lilienfeld, 20, was killed by a great white shark Thursday in Kogel Bay near Cape Town as he caught waves with his brother, according to local news reports.
We're going to need a bigger boat. That thought had to have crossed the minds of two commercial fishermen in Mexico who hauled up a great white shark reported to measure nearly 20 feet and weighing more than 2,000 pounds.
Great White Sharks are the largest predatory fish in the sea. Great White Shark meat is not recommended for human consumption because it has very high mercury levels. A Great White Shark may use and lose more than one thousand teeth in its life time.
It is not legal in California to take great white sharks, which have been protected in all state waters since Jan. 1, 1994.
Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for great white shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions.
After four fatal shark attacks in seven months, beachgoers on the south coast of Western Australia are understandably anxious about entering the water. "Dawn and dusk are perceived to be the worst times for encounters so you see less people going out early morning and late evening," said long-time surfer Jack Carlsen
They’re back: Several great white sharks, seeking to prey on an ample population of gray seals, have been spotted off Cape Cod just as the vacation season kicks into high gear. Four of the predators have been seen, including a 12- to 15-footer reported Tuesday several hundred yards off Chatham, state officials said yesterday.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, and a colleague from the University of British Columbia, describe how sharks are camouflaged as they stalk their prey from below. Low-light conditions, from the optical scattering of light through water, along with a shark's dark grey back and the dimly light rocky reef habitat allow sharks to remain undetected by seals swimming at the water's surface.
The great white sharks are extremely sensitive to the electrical field emitted by the movement of living creatures. Their sensitivity is due to the extra sense that was given by the Ampullae of Lorenzini. The sharks are so sensitive that they can perceive half a billionth of a volt.
The great white shark is one of the oceans' greatest predators, an animal feared by man and fish alike, an object of public fascination even before that campy hit movie Jaws. Yet only recently have we begun acquiring the skimpiest of knowledge about the species.
Great white sharks are at the very top of the marine food chain. Feared as man-eaters, they are only responsible for about 5-10 attacks a year, which are rarely fatal. Great whites are ultimate predators
The white shark is also commonly known as the great white shark. It is a solitary predator that can grow up to 6.6 meters (21 feet) in length. Although this is the largest confirmed report of a white shark, indirect evidence suggests that there may be specimens off of southern Australia which are 8 meters (26 feet) in length.
Great white sharks, much like humans, tend to stick to familiar turf, according to new research. Also like a lot of people, they like to hang out along the coastal waters of California.